Hecate as Physis, Natura, Mother Nature and Gaia

I ran across an article linking the World Soul with “Mother Nature” and “Gaia” that was written by an ecocritic in a book on ecocritical approaches to the Early Modern period. The article traced the connection among the myths of Gaia, the Pythagorean-Platonic notion of the World Soul, the premodern notions of nature as physis or natura and modern ecological veneration of mother nature.

The Chaldeans and theurgists venerated this same deity as Hecate and Psyche.

Is there then a connection between modern Gaia worship and the worship of Hecate, the goddess of the underworld?

One thought on “Hecate as Physis, Natura, Mother Nature and Gaia

  1. Any worship of “nature” or “mother nature” or the world (pantheism) will end up with a worship of death because death comes to be seen as part of the cosmic “balance” or “cycle”, and not a consequence of the Fall. In Darwinism, death has the added dignity of weeding out inferior specimens in favour of the evolution of the species.

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